Carson City, NV - July 13, 2020
Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak released a detailed look at federal funding that has flowed into Nevada so far to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal funding has been distributed throughout Nevada from the CARES Act to address public health needs and to fund state and local government programs for children, families, seniors, law enforcement and health care providers.
Part of that funding includes an estimated $1 billion that has or will be distributed directly to entities within Nevada, including health care providers and community health services, and for programs offered through state and local governments to date.
Outside the CARES Act, Nevada has received over $100,000,000 in federal appropriations and grant funding since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis to support Nevada’s frontline workers and vital safety net programs.
Nevada also received a direct allocation under the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established under the CARES Act, Title V of $1.25 billion. After distributing money to local governments, per guidelines from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the final amount left to the State for direct spending totaled $687.5 million.
The CRF funds come with certain spending restrictions and cannot be used to backfill budget holes. So far, the State has used the money to support the immediate public health response, respond to the secondary effects of the COVID-19 emergency and reimburse certain eligible state costs.
“I am proud of our agencies for their responsible use of these federal funds to respond to the pandemic and provide assistance to Nevadans. As we continue our statewide response to the COVID-19 crisis, I look forward to strong collaboration on the final use of the funds,” said Gov. Sisolak. “These funds have proved incredibly valuable for Nevada’s response to the public health crisis, but due to certain restrictions on this funding, we are unable to use the funds to backfill the State’s budget shortfall and protect critical services provided to Nevadans. As Governor, I continue to strongly advocate for the federal government to provide more flexible funding going forward.”
The document lays out priorities for the remaining CRF funds, including providing funding for Nevada’s health care system during the ongoing response and helping Nevada’s education system prepare for the upcoming school year.
Full details of the funding and expenditures can be found in the attached document.